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Shinkichi Tajiri

Universal Paradoxes

Japanese artist Shinkichi Tajiri (1923–2009) led a life and created a body of work that are both rich in paradox. Born in America to Japanese parents, he began his career in Paris, then lived in the Netherlands for half a century. This collection presents six essays that offer various perspectives on the ways that Tajiri’s complicated, overlapping personal identities were transformed through his art into seemingly universal themes.

208 pages | illustrated in color throughou | 8 1/3 x 10 1/4 | © 2015

Art: Art Criticism


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Table of Contents

Preface
Kris Schiermeier

Introduction
Helen Westgeest

The Fabric of Our Lives
Giotta and Ryu Tajiri

The Knot and the Warrior as Universal Paradoxes
Helen Westgeest

Image section I: Tajiri’s Warriors / Sentinels

Shinkichi Tajiri and the Paradoxes of Japanese American Identity
Greg Robinson

On Exile: Tajiri’s America
Paul M. Farber

Image section II: Tajiri’s Knots

The Berlin Wall as Metaphor
Florian Ebner

Lof van de Onaangepastheid
Herman Pleij

In Praise of Non-conformity (English summary)
Herman Pleij

Image section III: Printed Matter / Exhibitions / Castle Scheres

Appendices:
Biography of Shinkichi Tajiri
Selected solo exhibitions
Selected group exhibitions
Bibliography
Biographies of the authors

Acknowledgements and Photo Credits

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